Olympic rail services will run later into the night, have longer trains and offer extra services, it has been announced.
During the London Olympic Games, more than 2,000 extra services will run in late July and early August 2012, and more than 1,500 extra services will be laid on during the Paralympics in late August and early September.
There will be late-night trains on the mainline to get people home from Olympic events, with departures from London as late as 1.30am. On the Tube, the last trains will leave the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, at around 1.30am and services will leave central London as late as 2am.
Network Rail (NR) has suspended all disruptive engineering work on rail routes serving Olympic venues from the end of June to early September 2012. There will also be no weekend closures on London Underground.
Mainline train tickets for the Games will be available to buy - from a special national rail website - from late June this year and will offer “good value for money”, NR said today.
Olympic ticket holders will get a free Games Travelcard with their event tickets which will allow free travel on London public transport on the day of their event. Specific fares and a final timetable for Games trains will be available soon.
Olympic Delivery Authority director of transport Hugh Sumner said: “Travelling to the Games will be very much a part of the spectator experience and we need to get it right.
“The UK’s transport network has responded to the requirement for enhanced services during London 2012. Longer, later and more frequent trains are being provided to ensure as best we can that spectators are able to get to their events on time and get back home afterwards - even if they decide to stay for a bite to eat or a sports session overruns,” Sumner said.
Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said: “The rail industry is committed to offering fast, flexible, reliable and affordable travel for the millions of spectators expected at Olympic and Paralympic events.
“As well as being able to book their London 2012 Games train fares up to 12 months in advance - a UK first - spectators will also be able to take advantage of thousands of extra services, earlier starting and later trains to make sure they don't miss a second of the action.”